It’s with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of my father.
Teddie Ben Rexall Jr. lost his long, 5-year battle with colon cancer on May 22, 2019.
Ted passed away at home with his family by his side at 8:22PM. Ted was born in Warwick, Virginia on October 10, 1947 at 9:09PM to Mr. Ted Ben Sr. and Marion Rexall.
Ted moved to Phoenix, AZ as a young child and lived in Sunnyslope, where he went to Desert View Elementary. There, he met his long-time friend Floyd Bivens, who is still always ready to tell a joke or story. In 3rd grade he liked to play tetherball with a girl that was in the 5th grade. She would kick his butt every time.
He attended Sunnyslope High School and studied management and business along with singing in the choir his junior year. Ted was always a “go getter”. If you told him no or you can’t, he would just show you he can and will. Ted made friends easily and was a leader. He was a big guy, 6’4” weighing 250 lbs. you wanted him on your side. Ted graduated in 1967 then went to GCC for a year studying business. He returned from 1983-1984.
Now let me tell you about what a great man my father was:
After college, he moved to Globe, AZ to open his own tape shop called 8 Tracks. He didn’t stay long. He went in the winter and it was just too cold, and the people were not really friendly, so he moved back to Phoenix and got a job working for the Maricopa County Jail as a guard. He did really well there. The cons showed Ted respect as they knew he could make their lives harder. Ted ran a tight ship.
A friend of Ted’s set him up on a blind date in the early 70’s. Soon after meeting Shirley Anne he realized it was the girl he played tetherball with, when he was in only 3rd grade. Ted fell in love with Shirley Anne along with her children Cyndi and Toby (Spencer). Ted was an adventurous man that loved the outdoors. He would teach Shirley and the kids to ride motorcycles, build underground forts, he took them tubing down the Salt River and camping at Red Rock. He also taught them to protect themselves by shooting different types of guns and learning gun safety.
Ted and Shirley married in 1972 and moved to Las Vegas. They had to move back but, only for a little while. During that time, Ted built our motorhome. When summer was over, dad had finished and was ready for our first adventure and back to Vegas he went. Dad became a cab driver and made great money. He knew the streets like the back of his hand.
Ted purchased his first home, a beautiful two-story condo in a gated community just down the street from Red Fox, Wayne Newton, and Frank Sinatra. Dad received his Radio Laboratory Production license in Las Vegas in 1978. He got his Radiotelephone license in 1978 also, in Long Beach CA.
Then in 1980, back in Phoenix, Dad went to Ron Bailie School of Broadcast where he learned Broadcast Management, FCC rules and regulations, and announcing. Ted wanted his own business so he started “Good Times Unlimited”, a mobile D.J in 1981. He did all of his own advertising, mostly from word of mouth. Good Times was up and running, one gig after another. On the side, Ted worked at a number of radio stations as a production supervisor and announcer for KYTC FM. He did production public service for kids, but his most favorite was KUPD 97.9.
In 1988 Ted and Shirley opened Still Rose and Company. They sold wholesale jewelry. By the early 1990’s they started Silk Screen, a T-shirt printing company. There he worked with his son, Spencer. They enjoyed coming up with funny sayings they put on the back of shirts. Ted opened his first Snack Shop in downtown. This was the same building as the “play boy club” until it closed in 2001. That’s when “Ted’s garden Deli” was going to be the next adventure for Ted. Ted’s Garden Deli was open from 2002 to 2011. Shirley was still teaching and Ted got ants in his pants so he got a job as a security guard in a well-off neighborhood in Scottsdale where people like John Travolta and Danika Patrick were seen.
One evening and older guy got a flat in his small pick up truck. He had no jack so Ted decided he would lift up his truck so he could fix his tire. After that he had to retire due to a back injury. Ted went out and bought a 5th wheel so Shirley and him could go travelling but in 2014 Ted was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Your whole world changes when cancer hits a family, the 5th wheel never left the driveway.
Ted and Shirley loved God. They attended church weekly or more. They loved doing youth camps. They did them for 10 years at Valley Cathedral. Their grandson Nate and only nephew Derrick enjoyed going to camp too because Ted made it so fun.
Ted lost his wife Shirley of 47 years, 15 months ago. Ted missed her so very much that he couldn’t wait to be with her again. Together forever, they would say, and that they are.
I want to thank Herman and Allen Pyle for always being there for Ted. Ted will always be remembered for his great accomplishments. He was a man of his word. He was a fun, loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his daughter Cynthia Marie (Mitch); son Spencer (Mary); his grandchildren Nathan Ryan, Autumn, Tiffany, Heather; great-grandchildren Hailey Elizabeth, Camille, Eziah, Elijah; his two dogs Jerry Lee and Flower; and his many friends.Print Obituary & Condolences